Having just reached the milestone of 200 club goals for Chelsea at the weekend, Frank Lampard is now targeting 100 international caps.
It has been a good week for Chelsea, and certainly for Frank Lampard who finished the week off in style with an all round good performance and a well taken header to put Chelsea 1-0 up and claim goal number 200 for the club.
Speaking after the match, he said:
[quote]”It’s special. It’s obviously a landmark I’ve been getting towards. I’m just pleased to get there and pleased it’s an important goal for the team.”[/quote]
The 34 year-old has already set his sights on a new target however, hoping to reach another personal milestone of 100 England caps. With the international break and important World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro fast approaching, he has now turned his attention away from the Premier League.
The midfielder is currently sitting on 94 international caps, 6 more needed to join the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Bobby Charlton in the special and exclusive 100 caps club.
Indeed, it doesn’t seem as if he is getting tired of pulling on the England shirt:
[quote]”I’m really enjoying the England thing. You really appreciate it as you get older every time you play for them. I’m enjoying being a part of it. It’s a very happy, comfortable squad with Roy in charge.”[/quote]
He does, however, recognise that it will be difficult for himself to reach the 100 caps mark. At the age of 34, and turning 35 in June, he is at the tail end of his career.
[quote]”It’s 94 (caps). But six caps in international football is still a relatively long way. So I’ll take it cap by cap.”[/quote]
With so much competition in the England squad it will certainly be a great achievement if he is to reach 100. For England’s next two matches, he’ll be competing for a place in central midfield with Gerrard, Cleverley, Carrick, Osman and Parker. He seems to believe though that adapting his game to play deeper in midfield could benefit his cause.
[quote]”With experience you can play the deeper role and try to arrive at just the right time, a bit less often but with a bit more effect. I think I probably learned to play this way when Di Matteo came in, in the run-up to the Champions League final.”[/quote]
He has certainly been in form this season, scoring 12 goals from 21 (5) appearances in the Premier League, a feat that he only surpassed in 2009/10 when he scored 22 in 36 starts. Having said that he is no longer one of the first names on the team sheet for Chelsea, and the same can be said for England as well. Nevertheless, he will be confident that if he keeps himself available for selection he will be able to reach his target of 100 international caps by the end of his career.
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